Mexico is a country awash with vibrant colours, from the papier mâché skeletons and sugar skulls of the famous Day of the Dead celebrations to garish souvenir sombreros and juicy prickly pears just begging to be tasted. You’ll be met with world-class beachfront resorts, magnificent jungles and that famous national tipple, tequila. Indulge in luxurious spa treatments, sip cocktails under a thatched palapa on a secluded beach, or take the road of exploration to mystical Mayan sites.
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Our stylish hotels are located on the Caribbean coast of the beautiful Riviera Maya on the Yucatán Peninsula, home to some of the most stunning beaches and richest coral beds in Mexico. The sand is so fine and soft that you would be forgiven for not straying too far from your sun lounger, but it’s worth it for the fantastic windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling and diving on offer. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second biggest in the world, where stripy sergeant majors, parrot fish and colourful sea anemones bring hours of fascinating exploration.
You can also swim in underground cenotes and sail on turquoise waters to the offshore islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Golfers will be in seventh heaven on courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, and the dining options on the Riviera Maya are endless.
While many come to Mexico simply for its stunning shores and balmy days, the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilisation are also a fascinating draw. As the sun beats down on Chichén Itzá, have a bottle of water on hand to tour the central pyramid and clap your hands at the base to hear the resounding echo of the legendary Quetzal call in return. Climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, visit the tropical jungle ruins of Tulum or tour the pre-Columbian city of Uxmal for a deeper look into Mayan culture.
Explore the Riviera Maya...
Day trip to Isla Mujeres
Take a boat trip over to the beautiful Isla Mujeres for a really special day out. While there, rent a golf buggy to explore the island, visit the turtle farm, have lunch in a local restaurant and then relax in a hammock under the palm trees on the beautiful white sand beach of Playa Norte.
Souvenir shopping in Playa del Carmen
Spend the day browsing the many shops on the Quinta Avenida in colourful Playa del Carmen. You’ll find lovely boutique shops selling beautiful silver jewellery, local pottery and glassware. Then, when the sun goes down, enjoy a cocktail or two up on a rooftop sunset bar before enjoying some authentic Mexican cuisine at one of the many excellent local restaurants.
Snorkel the barrier reef
The Mayan Riviera boasts the world’s second largest reef after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so the snorkelling and diving here is fantastic. Take a trip to the island of Cozumel and you’ll be treated to vertical walls, coral pinnacles and gentle drift dives. Or, head north to Cancún between June – September for the extraordinary opportunity to snorkel with giant whale sharks.
Mérida is a must
Spend some time in the cultural city of Mérida and get a feel for the real Mexico.The city retains the colonial architectural style of years gone by with cobbled streets and brightly painted houses. The main square boasts a beautiful cathedral and is fringed with restaurants,cafés and street vendors selling local foods and handicrafts.
Swim in a cenote
No trip to the Yucatán Peninsula is complete without a trip to a cenote. These naturally formed freshwater pools are found in underground limestone caves dotted round the region. Lit by the sunlight which streams in through the roof and dances on the water, these clear pools provide a cool and refreshing break from the midday sun.
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